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The U.S. House of Representative for Texas's 15th congressional district, serving since 1997.
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ENG: Rubén E. Hinojosa (born August 20, 1940) is the U.S. House of Representative for Texas's 15th congressional district, serving since 1997. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district stretches from the Rio Grande Valley to historic Goliad County and the Coastal Bend region. Much of the region is rural, although Hidalgo and Cameron Counties are part of the third fastest growing metropolitan statistical area in the country. He serves on the Financial Services and Education committees. Early Life, Education and Career Hinojosa was born in Edcouch, Texas. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin and his MBA from the University of Texas-Pan American. He served as President and Chief Financial Officer of his ...
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Hinojosa honors DREAM Act martyr on house floor

Joaquin Luna has become the poster-child for the resurrection of the American DREAM Act, an initiative to give permanent residency in the United States to a select group of illegal minors.The 18-year-old's tale of suicide on Friday in Mission over fears he would never achieve his dream to become an engineer because of his undocumented status, is echoed on the floor of the US House of Representatives."Brought to the United States as an infant, Joaquin attended our nation's public schools, played the guitar at his church, and hoped to go to college and achieve the American dream," Congressman ...

Democratic Congressman Ruben Hinojosa Declares Bankruptcy

Texas Democratic Congressman Ruben Hinojosa - a member of the House Financial Services Committee - filed for personal bankruptcy late last year. The Associated Press and Politico, citing court documents and a statement, reported that Hinojosa attributes his financial problems to a loan he guaranteed for his family's meat company. "I have done everything humanly possible to avoid filing for bankruptcy protection to no avail," Hinojosa said in the statement. "The bank debt of H&H [Meat Products Co.] was more than I could handle financially." He said he was seeking to exit bankruptcy ...

Hinojosa Announces $4 Mil. in HUD Grants For Texas Dist.15

U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a total of $4,729,642.00 to Public Housing Agencies in his Congressional Texas District 15. The funding comes from the 2012 Capital Fund Program Award. The program provides funds annually to Public House Agencies (PHA’s) for capital and management activities, including modernization and development of public housing. “We continue to support the ongoing process of the upgrading and maintaining of our public housing”, said Rep. Hinojosa. “As our population ...

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with Dr. Ricardo Romo, President of UTSA, Dr. Harriett Romo, Direcotr of Mexico Center, Dr. Rajendra Bopanna, Deputy Chair for UTSA Computer Science Department, and Mr. Al Salgado, Director for Small Business Development Center
Washington, D.C. – Today – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the National Science Foundation has awarded Texas Lutheran University a grant award in the amount of nearly $300,000. This award is funded through the project entitled “Inverted and Active Learning Pedagogies (IALP) for Student Success and Retention.”   “I wish to congratulate Texas Lutheran University, a Hispanic Serving Institution, for receiving much needed funding from the National Science Foundation to identify best practices for expanding student access and success in STEM.  This funding is especially critical for underrepresented students, including Latinos and Latinas in Texas. We must continue to promote innovation in the STEM fields in order to continue moving our nation forward.”   The IALP for Student Success and Retention project is a research experiment that analyzes students in a “flipped” classroom atmosphere in order to identify and maximize success for underrepresented st
Washington, D.C. – Today – Congressman Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15) announced that the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will receive a five year grant in the amount of close to $7 million from the Department of Health and Human Service Administration (HHS) for Children and Families as part of the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnerships program (EHS-CCP).   “I am pleased that HHS has awarded UTRGV with an EHS-CCP grant of nearly $7 million,” said Congressman Hinojosa. “This funding will help expand EHS services and provide underserved infants and toddlers in the Rio Grande Valley with high quality care, family support services, and continuous, intensive, and comprehensive learning programs.”   Under the direction of Dr. Hilda Medrano, Director of UTRGV EHS Grant Office, UTRGV has been working for the past 18 months with Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District’s EHS program. And, starting today, September 1st, 300 infants, up to age three, will ben
COMMENTARY: Promote adult literacy in RGV
Perhaps there is no skill more important to help Americans succeed in any industry or professional field than literacy. Proficiency in reading and writing is key to advancement, prosperity and citizenship. As September marks “National Literacy Month,” we must once again do all that we can to raise awareness and focus attention on resources toward raising literacy rates. According to the National Commission on Adult Literacy, an estimated 80 to 90 million adults — about half of the adult workforce — do not have the basic literacy skills required to obtain or succeed in jobs paying a family-sustaining wage; 36 million struggle with literacy rates so low that it significantly impedes their ability to fully function at home, work and in their communities. While South Texas is home to non-English speakers and residents for whom English is their second language, the literacy rate remains too low — 58 percent, and 50 percent in Hidalgo County alone. In fact, 19 percent of adult Texa

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